Minor League Team Offers Hot Dog With 40 Different Toppings

Jason Kerton has made a living disrupting "normal" at the ballpark.

In Charleston, he devised the “Homewrecker,” a half-pound, foot-long hot dog with 22 optional toppings. Now the food and beverage director of the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, he’s upping the ante.

“I’m in Akron, so I’m just kind of bored,” admitted Kerton. “When I arrived here, I was bumming around my apartment and the weather wasn’t good so I thought, what else could I do to make it fun?”

Hot dogs topped with chocolate chips (top), okra, cole slaw and spicy mustard (middle) and peanut butter and jelly (bottom).
Photo by:  Akron Aeros
Hot dogs topped with chocolate chips (top), okra, cole slaw and spicy mustard (middle) and peanut butter and jelly (bottom).

The result?

Fans will have the option of buying up to a pound of hot dog ($8), a 16-inch colossus known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” at games and there will be 40 toppings to choose from ranging from wasabi to marinara to mac and cheese to even sprinkles.

“Peanut butter and jelly is surprisingly good,” Kerton said.

The toppings are filled up behind the counter and, perhaps most importantly, they come at no cost.

“If we can fit all 40 toppings on there for you, we will,” Kerton insisted. “There’s definitely value there. It’s not like we upcharge you.”

The team will make it even more fun by having 35 of the toppings displayed and five secret toppings that the Aeros will change monthly. Customers will simply order the secret ingredients by telling the person behind the counter what number they want to try.

Akron Aeros’ Hot Dog Toppings

  1. Bacon
  2. Jalapeno Bacon
  3. Cheddar Cheese
  4. Pimento Cheese
  5. Sauerkraut
  6. Onion and Pepper
  7. Chili
  8. Lettuce
  9. Salsa
  10. Guacamole
  11. Sour Crème
  12. Tomatoes
  13. A1 Steak Sauce
  14. Baked Beans
  15. Cole Slaw
  16. Black Olives
  17. Kimche
  18. Chow-Chow
  19. Pineapple
  20. Ham
  21. Pepperoni
  22. Marinara
  23. Banana Peppers
  24. Jalapeños
  25. Peanut Butter and Jelly
  26. Macaroni and Cheese
  27. Chocolate Chips
  28. Sprinkles
  29. Feta Cheese
  30. Onion Straws
  31. Mozzarella
  32. Wasabi
  33. Nacho Cheese
  34. Hummus
  35. Pesto

36--40. Secret Toppings

Tip of the hat to the great Cleveland blog Waiting For Next Year for the tip on this story.

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